New research reveals biggest barriers to relocation in the digital sector

“Businesses should take this as a push to invest in relocation packages for candidates that they really want to employ…” 

The biggest barrier to relocation for 59% of digital professionals is affordability, according to new research by digital recruitment specialist The Candidate.
The research, which surveyed 500 digital professionals, uncovered the worries which are preventing digital professionals from moving to a new location for a job.
Following affordability, concerns around leaving a partner (49%) or family (39%) came out on top. The smallest barrier was fear, with just 10% of respondents citing this.
The research also found that 40% of respondents would relocate for a role if it’s a location they’ve previously wanted to move to.
Brian Matthews, managing partner at The Candidate, said: “It’s not shocking that candidates have concerns when it comes to the affordability of a move, when just renting or purchasing a house can be quite costly.
Brian Matthews, The Candidate
Brian Matthews, The Candidate
“And this is before transport and the cost of living are taken into consideration. But it was brilliant to see that the majority of people we spoke didn’t see fear as something that would prevent them from taking this step.
 “Businesses should take this as a push to invest in relocation packages for candidates that they really want to employ.
“We’re in the midst of a skills shortage so the majority of businesses are struggling to recruit, and relocation packages could be an answer to this issue.”